Author: Miranda Kenneally

Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.

Average Rating: 4.67

Blog Tour: Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally

Posted 8 December, 2013 by Gabbie in Blog Tour, Guest Post, Review / 0 Comments
Blog Tour: Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally

How do you individualize your characters (such as the heroines of your books like Jordan and Parker, etc, and the leading males such as Sam, Matt, etc)? This is a great question – nobody has ever asked me this before. When I first started writing, I learned two crucial things: 1) Nobody wants to read about a perfect character (boring!); 2) The easiest way to figure out who a character is to free-write in their voice and find out what they want more than anything and what scares them most. When I start writing a book – the first thing I have to know is what my characters want and what stands in their way. Your characters’ personalities must also complement your plot. For instance, with Jordan, I knew she wanted to play football more than anything and worried that if guys on the team thought of her as a girl, they wouldn’t take her seriously. This is why Jordan curses a lot, doesn’t pay attention to her appearance, and generally acts like one of the guys. She’s also super competitive – that’s why you see her playing games all the time. When Parker’s mom came out as a lesbian, Parker felt she had to prove to the mean kids at school that she was straight. Parker paints her nails and spends a lot of time on her appearance. Parker […]

Blog Tour: Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda ..

Posted 13 April, 2013 by Gabbie in Blog Tour, Review, Top Tens List / 4 Comments
Blog Tour: Things I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally

Check out my review of Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks #2) Favorite Quote(s): “Learning is never a bad thing. And neither is changing your mind about things…It’s always good to reevaluate. To think and consider all sides.” “My favorite is when an eight year old girl named Lizzie sings ‘Jesus Loves Me’ in the purest voice, and when she gets scared and I think she might run off the stage, Matt sings along with her as he strums his guitar. Leaning against a tree, as bugs chirp around me, as warm wind rustles the branches, that’s when I know it for real. I want him.” Favorite Character: Definitely Matt. He’s cute and he really has insecurities of his own. First Line: “Girls like me do not buy pregnancy tests.” My Musings: Miranda Kenneally is quickly becoming my favorite young adult contemporary novelist. Like the companion novels Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker, Things I Can’t Forget is a great novel about finding oneself. And of course you get your cute romance! Things I Can’t Forget follows Kate Kelly as she develops her religious beliefs with God. In the beginning of the novel, Kate is a diehard ‘Jesus-freak’, to the point where she is judgment about anything that can be considered a sin. So when her best friend, Emily, becomes pregnant and Kate helps her get an abortion, Kate tears herself up with guilt. We […]

Mini-Review: Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

Posted 13 November, 2012 by Gabbie in Review / 0 Comments
Mini-Review: Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

Favorite Quote(s): “Maybe all friendships don’t fizzle. Maybe, like the kaleidoscope, the colors just change.” Favorite Character: I’d have to say Will. He was so nice and cute. I’d love a guy like him. First Line: “Bubblegum Pink is the nail polish of the day.” My Musings: Like Kenneally’s first novel, Catching Jordan, this novel has blown me away. Set in a normal, high school setting, Kenneally once again produced a contemporary novel that rivals some of my favorite paranormal romances. This novel was beautifully written: it was entertaining, yet heartwrenching at times. It was detailed, and it kept me wanting more. I loved the well developed characters: watching Parker grow into herself and gain confidence after her mother’s event was heart warming. Although she made some bad decisions over the course of the book, i’m glad that she ended up happy. Will was the picture perfect guy. He was a church boy, he played baseball, he was sweet and nice and everything you could ever want in a guy. Parker, if you ever get tired of him, send him my way will you? I honestly can’t think of anything bad about this novel. Kenneally has once again succeeded in not letting me down. I am anxiously awaiting her third companion novel, Things I Can’t Forget. If you haven’t read this novels and you like a good contemporary, then these are […]